Colorado residents are no strangers to severe weather events, including hail, heavy snow, high winds, and storms. Homeowners need to ensure that their home is structurally sound to endure the harsh elements. The siding is one of the vital exterior features of a home. It adds style to a property, boosts value and curb appeal, has a lower maintenance cost, regulates indoor temperature, and acts as a protective shield against inclement weather.
The siding in Colorado homes takes quite a beating over the years and may require replacement at some point. Homeowners should not delay the siding replacement project for long as old, damaged, or failing siding is more than just an eyesore. It may allow water and moisture to penetrate and cause extensive damage and other severe issues.
The lifespan of wood, aluminum, steel, fiber cement, or vinyl siding depends on various factors like maintenance levels, local weather conditions, material quality, and installation.
Signs that a siding needs replacement
Several homeowners do not know when it is to replace their siding. Regular siding inspections by a professional roofer can help in determining the correct time for siding replacement. Here are some telltale signs indicating that the siding is nearing the end of its lifespan and should be replaced soon:
- Soft spots
- Water or moisture damage on the interior or exterior walls
- Spike in energy bills
- Signs of aging, including peeling, cracking, or fading
- Widespread damage to the board and panels due to weather or termites
- The siding requires frequent repairs and maintenance
Importance of timely siding replacement
If you notice the above signs of siding replacement, it is essential to take action sooner rather than later. Siding replacement may seem a daunting task, but ignoring it for an extended period has severe consequences. Here is how your Colorado home can benefit from timely siding replacement:
Protection from water damage
Siding protects the home from natural elements. Delaying siding replacement only makes the problem worse. An already compromised siding deteriorates further, allowing mold to thrive, damage the exterior walls, and causing rot. Waiting longer to install new siding provides water sufficient time to infiltrate into the interiors leading to peeling paint, stains, mold, mildew, and increased humidity. Trapped moisture between the home and siding can turn into a breeding ground for termites and other insects. Call a roofing contractor to replace the siding promptly and avoid spending a significant amount on home repairs to fix damages incurred due to deteriorating siding.
Improved energy efficiency
Cracked and warped siding fails to insulate the home efficiently and causes a rise in energy bills. Gaps in the siding cause the hot air to leak during winters and lead to heat gain during summers, making the interiors uncomfortable and increasing the heating and cooling requirements. Replace the damaged siding with the latest materials offering improved insulation as soon as possible to prevent air escape and intrusion, make the home more energy-efficient, and reduce the energy cost.
Reduced maintenance cost
Old siding may require frequent repairs and get expensive to maintain over time. New siding materials require little to no maintenance and are of superior quality to those installed 20-30 years ago. A new siding offers better protection, and replacing it sooner proves less expensive before the water causes significant damage to a worn-out siding.
Enhanced home appearance
Old and damaged siding negatively impacts a home’s curb appeal and value. Dents, missing panels, cracks, holes, and discoloration makes the house look less appealing and neglected. A siding upgrade makes the home look fresh, new, and welcoming and offers a cost-effective way to boost its value.
Invest in quality siding to improve the weather resistance, aesthetics, and comfort of your Colorado home. Call a local licensed roofing contractor for siding replacement and ensure its proper installation.